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It is your right to demand all and more from your wing. Be it lightweight but durable, be it safe but performant. Look no further!
The Q-light 3 fulfils any demand of a high-achieving pilot. Pack it for your bivouac adventures, bring it up to your local hill and crunch XC kilometres; it will answer your needs in the air and on the ground.
Designed with entirely new kevlar lightweight risers, which are easy to sort out on the ground and provide an effective BC system in the air.
Skytex 27 Double Coated provides the best material option on the market for a lightweight wing, and in Q-light 3, this material is in the internal construction of the wing as well.
Making no compromises while planning the Q-light 3, we hope you will take none flying it.
With the Q-light 3, I designed a wing that will not only be light in the first place but will come with all the perks of its brother Queen 3. I hope pilots will enjoy its simplicity while taking off and using its full potential while cruising fast and efficiently with the BC system, crunching the XC kilometres quickly and easily.
I am looking forward to seeing you going big with it!
The Q-light 3 stands firmly in the area of the C class. It was certified without additional collapse lines, so you can expect it to behave like the C-class wings are bound to behave. Suppose you are a pilot that flew the high B extensively last year. Crunched some XC kilometres and rode the big air from time to time, the Q-light 3 will feel at home in your hands. If you are a pilot in C or D class, you will cherish the added performance with the Q-light 3. It will get you further than any wing so far, for sure.
Another addition to the lightness of the wing comes from entirely new risers made of thinner 7 mm wide Kevlar webbing saving 166 grams or 40 % from the standard riser setup. We found all the other lighter options quite hard to manage on the take-off, where this option provides the pilot with a simple, intuitive procedure. The risers adopt the Triple Seven fully functional and interchangeable BC system making no compromises regarding the safety and efficiency of the BC steering.
The Q-light 3 is made in a classic thee line combination, ensuring you fly the class you chose to fly. The certification has been done without the additional lines, which assures you no surprises while flying this “down to the core” C-class wing.
The line material setup combines PPSLS Dyneema main lines on the A and B rows, while the C row consists of the Kevlar Magix Pro Aramid lines. This setup proved well in the last few years as a trimming-friendly combination, greatly extending the glider’s needed trim period.
|Number of cells||73||73||73||73|
|Projected area (m2)||19.5||20.5||21.7||23.2|
|Flat area (m2)||23||24.3||25.6||27.4|
|Projected span (m)||9.4||9.7||9.9||10.3|
|Flat span (m)||12.0||12.3||12.7||13.1|
|Projected Aspect Ratio||4.5||4.5||4.5||4.5|
|Flat aspect ratio||6.2||6.2||6.2||6.2|
|Glider weight (kg)||3.7||4.0||4.2||4.6|
|In-flight weight range (kg)||70-85||80-95||90-105||100-119|
|CANOPY FABRIC CODE|
|Upper surface||Porcher Skytex 27 Double Coated|
|Leading edge||Porcher Skytex 38|
|Bottom surface||Porcher Skytex 27 Double Coated|
|Profiles||Porcher Skytex 27 Hard finish|
|Suspension and main lines||PPSLS Liros, Edelrid A-8000-U|
|RISER FABRIC CODE|
|Fabric||7 mm Kevlar-reinforced Nylon webbing|
|Pulleys||Harken P18mm ball bearing pulley|
|Brake attachment||Magnet clip-in system|
I have already tested the Queen 3 in that exact same size. Here’s the light version called Q-Light 3.
Triple Seven uses on the upper surface the superb Porcher Skytex 27 Double Coated and on the Leading edge Porcher Skytex 38. The bottom surface holds the Porcher Skytex 27 Double Coated and the profiles are made from Porcher Skytex 27. The hard finish Suspension and main lines used are PPSLS Liros and Edelrid A-8000-U. The new thinner risers are quite interesting.
Launching the Q-Light 3 at 92 all up is much better than the already good Queen 3. The Q-Light 3 launches faster and fills with air even with no wind! The air intakes are also very small like the Rook light, and the Queen 3, but the inflation of the Q-Light 3 is super easy! No hard point, no hanging back. Immediately take off. Problem solved on this Q-Light MS.
I flew in some moderate air and flew in some turbulent areas to confirm later that the overall movements are similar to the Queen 3. The Q-Light 3 doesn’t have the very tamed character of the Alpina 4. but it is more enjoyable to fly if the pilot prefers a little more roll feedback, a more direct shorter brake travel, and swift handling, with very slight pitch feedback. These features are excellent to have in a glider for educated pilots IMHO.
In strong or more turbulent air, it moves more than an Alpina 4 for example but stays on top of your head. It resembles the excellent Cayenne 5 movements.
The Q-Light seems slightly differently tuned than the Queen 3.
The trimming of the Q-Light 3 felt slightly different in a positive way. Probably it’s the light fabric, but I think there’s a slight very small trimming change that allows the Q-Light to feel more fluid through the air.
After some glides with other 3 liners C’s, The Q-light 3 showed me no less than a top-end glide for that category. I think the Q-Light 3 glide angle is unquestionably good.
Flying next to my reference gliders in climb, I was impressed by the efficiency of the Q-light 3 as I was always able to match the best climber in that category.
The climb rate in the very weak and difficult lift on the Q-Light 3 felt also impressive as the Q-Light 3 floats incredibly well! After some hours in the weak lift, I can confirm that it really climbs like a “Queen”!
The brake travel is slightly higher than the Q-Light 2 I had and the overall agility is slightly reduced, but still, it’s a pleasurable and agile glider to fly.
The C steering isn’t as fluid as some other C’s. I would have preferred a pulley on the B’s for smoother and linear C steering.
When pulling the C risers for control, the lines pass through a hard ring, rub and you can feel the pressure they induce. Another system with a pulley that delivers a smoother feel could be very welcomed!
The top speed is around 13 km over trim. The speed bar has a moderate pressure feel and is a bit harder at the end of the second step. Big ears are moderately stable and open without pilot intervention.
I’m very curious to see what the new future 2-liner generation is willing to offer more and if they would be easier to manage or deliver more overall performance… One thing is certain. The 2 liners ‘feel’ and the way you control the B risers at speed are unique to them which is logical!
Now for the weekend warrior, who is looking for a 3-liner C at least for the next year to observe what would be the gain with the 2 liners, and also how well they would cope with summer turbulence, the Q-Light3 as a conventional 3-liner, has an impressively complete package of top end performance in glide and climb with very good agility and pleasurable handling.
I have already tested the Queen 3 in that exact same size. Here’s the light version called Q-Light 3. Triple Seven uses on the upper surface the superb Porcher Skytex 27 Double Coated and on the Leading edge Porcher Skytex 38. The bottom surface holds the Porcher Skytex 27 Double Coated and the profiles are
The Q-light 3 stands firmly in the area of the C class. It was certified without additional collapse lines, so you can expect it to behave like the C-class wings are bound to behave. Suppose you are a pilot that flew the high B extensively last year. Crunched some XC kilometres and rode the big